The Polish air navigation service provider (PANSA) has published the first edition of an Airspace Strategy for Poland (ASP).

PANSA developed the airspace strategy in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Based on estimates, the demand for aviation in the country is projected to increase two-fold over the next two decades.

During the period, the country’s aviation sector will have an estimated 1.5 million flights a year, while passenger volumes could grow to around 68 million per annum.

To meet the growing demand and reduce costs and delays, the European nation intends to modernise its airspace and air traffic management (ATM) network.

The modernisation drive is expected to generate an additional €6bn in annual GDP and create 65,000 new jobs by 2035.

PANSA acting president Janusz Janiszewski said: “I believe PANSA will provide an important contribution to the airspace modernisation over Europe. Current evolving aviation market needs, especially the capacity demand, is a major factor which encouraged IATA and PANSA for this bottom-up initiative.”

“Current levels of airspace-related delays across Europe are a serious inconvenience for passengers and a drag on economic activity.”

The airspace strategy comprises an agreed scope of initiatives on airspace modernisation, including a strategic direction for the future of ATM in Poland.

IATA Europe regional vice-president Rafael Schvartzman said: “Current levels of airspace-related delays across Europe are a serious inconvenience for passengers and a drag on economic activity.

“The projected growth in passengers, which is particularly strong in Poland, will make these challenges more acute. So PANSA’s leadership in working with airlines on an Airspace Strategy for Poland is hugely significant.”

Other salient features in the document include initiatives for increased capacity and more efficient routes in a bid to cut fuel consumption and improve environmental performance.

The document also stresses the need for cooperation with European partners to push towards the achievement of Single European Sky (SES) goals.

Poland is planning a Central Transport Hub (CTH) project, which will include a large new airport to meet future demand for air transport.